Let’s face it: kids spend more time in their crib than anywhere else, so getting the right one will help them (and you!) sleep peacefully. But as with most baby necessities, the options are pretty endless.

Even if you know what look you’re going for, there’s still a lot to consider—from convertible models that grow with your kiddo to space-saving options with storage or an attached change table. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up the best baby cribs in Canada, taking into account budget, functionality and, of course, style.

Still at a loss? Our crib buying guide has all the answers.

What type of crib are you looking for?

Best Crib Overall

Best crib overall - Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Drawer

This convertible crib is built to last well beyond the baby years—changing from crib to daybed or toddler bed when your kid is ready and even converting to a full-sized bed. Best of all, the crib’s traditional lines and neutral shades (white or light grey) will never go out of style.

  • The under-crib drawer is ideal for storing extra baby sheets and mattress covers to grab during middle-of-the-night bed changes.
  • It comes with an adjustable mattress support so you can raise and lower the mattress depending on your baby’s height.
  • While this crib can convert to three extra configurations including toddler and full-size beds, the conversion kit is sold separately (like with most convertible cribs).

The Draw

Just the colour I wanted and very reasonable price for quality. I like the drawer feature to put all my blankets in.

–Mommy2Bee, Walmart customer

The Downside

At first it seems hard to set up but after you get the hang of it the assembling part is pretty quick. I did have to let the parts air out as it did have a heavy sort of paint smell.

–Cass, Walmart customer

Best Crib & Changing Table Combo

Best crib & changer combo - Dream On Me Anna 4-in-1 Full Size Crib and Changing Table Combo

Make the most of a tight space with this dual-purpose crib and changing table. With two shelves underneath the changing pad for diapers, wipes and onesies, your baby essentials will be within arm’s reach. Best of all, the crib easily converts to a toddler bed when baby is ready for the next level.

  • The three-level mattress support system means you can keep your baby up high when they’re really small (and help protect your back from lifting pains!), then move it down to protect them from toppling out once they start sitting up.
  • A matching changing table is handy, but some parents say the surface feels a tad small—especially as baby grows.
  • This crib is available in six colours, so it will fit in with any nursery décor.

The Draw

Love the crib. So cute and the changing table is a lifesaver. The shelves underneath are very handy.

–mama, Walmart customer

The Downside

The changing table isn’t the standard 32 inches x 17 inches, so you have to use the flimsy changing pad that it comes with, or do like I did and make one to fit.

–tanargillaspie, Walmart customer

Best Budget Crib

Best budget crib – Storkcraft Pacific 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Bright, modern and budget-friendly, this crib is a bargain hunter’s dream. Not only will this sleep space grow with your child, but it’s sturdy, attractive and JMPA certified (meaning it’s passed rigorous safety testing), too.

  • It easily converts from crib to toddler bed, daybed and even full-size bed as your baby grows. (The optional Storkcraft toddler guardrail and crib conversion kit is sold separately).
  • It’s crafted with quality pinewood and composites with non-toxic finishes.
  • The crib comes in white, grey and chocolate to suit every baby nursery.

The Draw

It was SO easy to assemble. Really impressed with how all the pieces were numbered and bolts and screws were all labelled with a letter which made assembly very straightforward.

–ah3nry, Walmart customer

The Downside

It’s a cute crib, easy to put together. There was some damage though, a couple of scratches and some bubbling paint.

–Paige, Walmart customer

Best Modern Crib

Best modern crib – Storkcraft Beckett 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This modern crib is pricier than the other models in our roundup, but it also packs major design bang for your buck. If you want a modern vibe for your nursery, this crib’s clean lines and open, airy look will suit you to a T.

  • It’s designed by Storkcraft, which received the 2020 Women’s Choice Award for “Nine Out of 10 Customer Recommended” baby and kids furniture.
  • The Storkcraft Beckett’s three-in-one convertible capabilities allow it to transform to a daybed and toddler bed, making it a practical long-term choice.
  • It’s made from high-quality pine and wood composites, with baby-safe non-toxic finishes including white, pebble grey, natural and grey.

The Draw

This crib is exactly what I had imagined for our baby’s nursery! I absolutely love the natural wood—it is even more beautiful in person!

–EmilyW, originally posted on Storkcraftdirect.com

The Downside

Two small nitpicks: Storkcraft has discontinued the toddler rail in the natural finish, meaning we would have to skip straight to the daybed. Also, I understand this is likely due to choking hazard issues, but the exposed hardware on the feet really bothers me.

–New Parents, Walmart customer

Best Convertible Crib

Best convertible crib – Storkcraft Bayview 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Exclusive to Walmart Canada, the Storkcraft Bayview is a reasonably priced crib with four different configurations. If you’re a fan of all-in-one purchases that last for years, opting for a baby-to-big-kid bed (with daybed and toddler bed set-ups in between) is probably the way to go.

  • The back of the crib is higher, making it headboard-ready for when you convert to a full-size bed.
  • Three adjustable mattress levels help save your back and keep baby safe as they grow.
  • Like all Storkcraft cribs, it’s JPMA certified, which means it’s undergone extra safety testing beyond what is required by the Canadian government.

The Draw

Beyond incredible quality, it’s very practical and perfectly priced. I love the versatility and that this crib will grow along with my family.

–Coco79, originally published on Storkcraftdirect.com

The Downside

The worst part of it is that you have to use the tool that they provide you and not a regular screwdriver, so it took a little bit longer [to assemble].

–InfectedBri, originally published on Storkcraftdirect.com

Best Portable Crib

Best portable crib – Dream On Me Folding Full-Size Crib

This portable crib is great for road trips or weekend visits at grandma’s house. (Or grandma could keep it at her house as a handy crib she can pull out when pint-sized guests visit!) When baby is ready to transition out of the travel crib, just fold it flat and store it until you need it again.

  • There’s no disassembly needed when you want to fold it, making it a breeze to store.
  • The castor wheels are an added bonus. You can move this slim crib around the room as needed, or even down the hall.
  • Even though it’s foldable, it meets all Canadian safety standards for a full-size crib.

The Draw

It is very sturdy and easy to fold. The adjustable bed height is great for our growing baby. The wheels make it easy to move from one room to another.

–Halsey, originally published on Dreamonme.com

The Downside

It isn’t as sturdy as a full-size crib that doesn’t fold—but the trade-off for a grandparent to be able to fold it and move it in and out of a room is definitely worth it.

–Susie, Walmart customer

More Crib and Nursery Essentials

Your Questions, Answered

Crib Basics

When should I buy a crib?

It’s a good idea to begin thinking about cribs during your second trimester. Starting early gives you enough time to find a design that fits your nursery décor, has all the features you want and fits within your price range (especially because you’ll have time to jump on deals as they happen). Early shopping also allows time for the crib to ship if you’re shopping online and allows a window for you to assemble and arrange it in your nursery.

Keep in mind that the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends infants sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months,[1] whether that’s in a baby crib or a bassinet. If you go the bassinet route because it’s easier to fit in your bedroom, it’s still a good idea to buy a crib and have it set up before your baby arrives. When it’s time for your baby to make the transition, you’ll be ready.

How long do babies sleep in cribs?

Some parents transition from a crib to a toddler bed (or full-size twin bed with safety bumpers) as early as 18 months, but most kids stay in their crib until age three. Ultimately, once your little one starts trying to climb out, or they reach 35 inches tall, it’s time to move them out of their crib so they don’t fall out.[2]

Crib Types

What are the different types of cribs?

Cribs come in a range of sizes, shapes, colours and styles, so there’s a crib to suit every budget and space. Still, most cribs fall under one of three basic categories:

  • Standard cribs: These cribs are a fixed shape and can be a great option if you plan to have more kids within a few years.
  • Convertible cribs: With a few modifications, you can transform these cribs into different styles (depending on the model) such as a toddler bed, a daybed or even a full-size bed. It’s a good crib type to get if you plan to use it for one child over many years.
  • Portable cribs: Whether small in size, foldable or lightweight and easy to move, these cribs are handy when you’re short on space or on-the-go with baby.

What type of crib is best?

If you have a large room for your baby, and don’t plan on having more kids, a full-size convertible crib could see your little one through to high school. But if you plan on having more children in the next few years, a standard crib could be the way to go because you’ll be able to pass it down from kid to kid. Whatever you decide, all cribs sold in Canada must meet current safety standards (think smooth rounded surfaces, fixed sides and strict measurements for spacing between posts and slats) so you can rest easy knowing it meets current guidelines.[3]

Crib Safety and Comfort

Are crib bumpers safe?

Some parents think pads that line the inside of a crib starting at bed level and rising up about a foot (a.k.a. crib bumpers) prevent babies from banging their soft noggins, but Health Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society specifically warn against the use of crib bumpers because studies have linked them to baby injuries and deaths.[4] Even so-called “breathable” padding isn’t recommended by most paediatricians.

When do I lower a crib?

Between five and eight months, when your baby starts sitting up, you should think about bumping the crib down a notch[5] so the distance from the top of the mattress to the top of the sides will be greater. This is easy to do for most cribs: just remove the mattress and adjust the base of the bed to move it down a few inches. Once your baby is able to stand up, there’s a greater risk of them falling out, so it’s time to move the mattress down to the lowest setting.

Bassinets, Cribs and Beds

When do I transition my baby from a bassinet to a crib?

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends little ones sleep in the same room as their parents until they are six months old for easier nighttime feeding and to reduce the risk of SIDS.[6] Bassinets work well for this period because they’re smaller than cribs and take up less space in your bedroom. If your baby reaches the height and weight restrictions of their bassinet before the six-month mark, your doctor might recommend setting up a crib in your bedroom temporarily until your child is old enough to move to their own room.

How do I transition my baby out of a crib and into a toddler bed?

When you’re ready to make the move, ease the transition by continuing your usual bedtime routine and sleep cues (like loveys and white noise), so that it doesn’t feel like a drastic change. You can get your little one excited by reading stories about sleeping in a big bed or taking them shopping for sheets. You’ll also need to childproof the room ahead of time by buying electrical covers, ensuring you place the bed away from curtain cords and adding gates to nearby stairs or your kitchen, since toddlers are known to roam.[7]

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Article Sources

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Safe Sleep for Your Baby.
  2. Caring for Kids. Keep your young child safe around the house.
  3. Government of Canada. Cribs, cradles and bassinets.
  4. Government of Canada. Is Your Child Safe? Sleep Time.
  5. Mom Loves Best. How and Why to Adjust Your Baby’s Crib Mattress.
  6. Caring for Kids. Safe sleep for babies.
  7. Happiest Baby. Moving Your Baby Out of the Crib and Into a Toddler Bed.

How we choose products: Simply put, we don’t recommend any products we wouldn’t buy ourselves. Our writers leverage a number of sources as a starting point, including reputable third-party reviews, Walmart.ca user reviews, and Walmart Canada’s category specialists. theHUB editorial staff has final say for all products included in this guide.

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Karen is an award-winning journalist who writes about health, parenting and a variety of lifestyle topics. Her work is frequently published in Today’s Parent, Best Health and Canadian Living. As a busy Toronto-based mom of two, Karen runs on lattes (a lot of them!) and, as it happens, running.

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